The Moon is a subsidiary of the Sun. If we were comparing it to the Corporate World, the Sun is the Headquarters and the Moon is the local office. The Moon does not act independently. It reflects the Sun’s life-giving energies onto the Earth. The Sun is the life-giver of the Universe, but the Moon channels this life force onto the Earth.
The Moon is Prakriti, the female principle; while the Sun is Purusha. Both energies are needed to create life. In Vedic Astrology, the Moon is a male god imbued with feminine energy. It is a metaphor, not to be understood literally. The Moon is the Earth’s local office.
What does a local office do in the corporate world? It watches over the happenings and coming and goings of a particular area. It is a subsidiary.
Jyotisha, which is commonly called Hindu or Vedic Astrology, actually means The Science of Light. No number of wars or scientific dismissals and condemnations have ever succeeded in eradicating this long and continuous body of scientific knowledge. It hasn’t stopped ‘them’ from trying, though.
In Vedic Astrology, the Moon is a metaphor for the mind. The intellect, which is a metaphor for Mercury, is an aspect of this mind. Mercury is the bridge. He connects our mind with the rest of the world. He builds bridges or he tears them down. If you’ve ever gone blank in the middle of a sentence or forgotten what you wanted to say, that is Mercury at work. If you’ve ever been unable to understand or comprehend what someone is saying to you, that is Mercury at work.
The Moon is the most important light-giver in the Eastern Traditions. The Jyotish system is the oldest of all lunar systems. It was Al-Biruni who translated the Vedic texts for the Arab world. Al-Biruni lived during the Islamic Golden Age when astronomical research was encouraged and promoted. Such research required a scientific approach which was rooted in religious theology. Worship and prayer require a knowledge of the precise directions of sacred locations, which can be determined accurately only through the use of astronomical data.
The lunar nakshatra system determines the cycles we are destined to experience individually. Its main focus is not merely mental or psychological, but also reveals to us how our lives will manifest on the material plane. The Moon’s phases can be divided in many ways. The most basic division would be to divide it into two fortnights, known as the paksha. Shukla paksha is the bright half and Krishna paksha is the dark half.
How habitually do we dismiss ideas simply because they do not fit into our worldview? We do it all the time. We even refuse to listen. The Moon represents our instinctual impulses. When we refuse to listen or understand, it reveals a blockage of the Moon energy.
The Moon is particularly strong when it is placed in either Cancer or Taurus. That is not to say that other placements are ‘bad’ (I dislike it when astrologers use that word), but more that if you do have a strong placement, you will feel the influence of that planet or luminary.
Rohini, which is the name of the 4th nakshatra, is considered the ‘favourite wife’ of the Moon. According to the old stories, the 27 nakshatras are the 27 wives of the Moon. He stays with one wife per day and Rohini was his favoured one. The Moon, as a subsidiary of the Sun, directs our soul (which is housed in the human body) towards the physical world.
Brahma, the Ruling Deity of Rohini nakshatra, indicates that procreation and life on earth are part of a bigger continuum that is revealing itself through different time cycles. It is the Moon that guides us into the sensory terrain of human existence; an experience that is essential to the soul’s growth and expansion on earth.
The Moon is a Master Mathematician. So we if we think the Moon makes us a little crazy, let’s calm down and work on our math skills. Perhaps that will make all the difference.